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Cima Piccolina

Cima Piccolina

Cima Piccolina

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Trento, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.20052°N / 10.71114°E

Object Title: Cima Piccolina

County: Trentino

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing

Season: Summer

Elevation: 8711 ft / 2655 m


Page By: Silvia Mazzani

Created/Edited: Aug 7, 2016 / Jan 31, 2017

Object ID: 979165

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Cima Piccolina 2655 m

Cima Piccolina is a fine spire culminating in a tiny summit surrounded by beautiful granite peaks. As its name suggests - Piccolina means "tiny" - Cima Piccolina is a minor summit, anyhow spectacular, belonging to Presanella Group, South-Eastern sector (Val d'Amola) and located in Val d'Amola, not far from Rifugio Segantini, on a secondary ridge that branches off from the long main ridge dividing the Val di Nardis from Val d'Amola. The variety of climbs offered by this latter valley is remarkable and it does, as far as rock climbing, one of the most interesting areas of Presanella. They range from the classic climbs on Campanile di San Giusto to the East wall of Cima Presanella and to the modern routes on Cima Piccolina, excellent introduction to the particular environment of this area.
Cima Piccolina is a small but truly interesting peak, because of the wonderful alpine setting and its fine and compact East wall, made in a good quality of granite, the Tonalite, the typical rock of Presanella Group. There are different routes on East wall, both trad and moderne ones, here it's related one of the moderne, the route "Akku", which is a quite advisable climb.

Cima Piccolina, getting the East wall
Cima Piccolina East wall

Thrilling alpine setting at Cima Piccolina
Thrilling alpine setting at Cima Piccolina

Getting There

Road access

The road access is from Val Rendena, where a turn-off road allows to reach by car up to more than 2000 m of altitude (Vallina d'Amola).

Getting to Val Rendena

Coming from Autobrennero exit Trento and take the road to Riva del Garda, reaching the village Le Sarche. Here continue straight toward Tione di Trento. In Tione turn to right and take the SS 239 Val Rendena route to Pinzolo. Pass Pinzolo and drive a few kilometers towards Madonna di Campiglio. After the village of Carisolo, leave the main road and turn to left, taking a narrow road rising along Val Nambrone towards Laghi di Cornisello. After driving about 9 km on this road with several hairpins we reach a fork. The main road leads to Laghi di Cornisello, we instead turn to left (Rif. Segantini signposts), omit the path n. 211 on our right hand side and continue driving for about 1 km, parking at the bridge over the river Sarca ahead Vallina d’Amola alp (2020 m.).

Val d'Amola approach towards Cima Piccolina
Val d'Amola
Approaching Cima Piccolina in early summer
Approaching Cima Piccolina in early summer
Approaching Cima Piccolina
Approaching Cima Piccolina

Cima Piccolina - Via Akku report

Akku report - French scale

Summit altitude: 2655 m
Difficulty: 6a+ max - French scale
Climbing length: 180 m
Equipment: equipped belays, some bolts along the pitches to be integrated with quick protections
Exposure: East
Starting point: Parking lot in Vallina d'Amola
First ascent: Davide Ortolani and Alessandro Botteri 14-9-2010

Excellent route which requires a good level and alternates compact slabs and dihedral-cracks. At first it follows a shallow corner on the right hand of the compact East wall. The rock is a kind of granite named "tonalite" and the route is quite advisable, in an alpine setting of great beauty.

Shallow corner at the start of the route Akku, Cima Piccolina
Start of the route Akku
Cima Piccolina
Cima Piccolina
Via Akku first pitch, Cima Piccolina
Akku first pitch

Walking approach: from the parking lot there are two possibilities (anyhow the two paths soon join above): take immediately the left path (without crossing the stream) - mainly horizontal - or alternatively cross the stream on the bridge, follow the wide track above Malga Vallina d'Amola and then cross the river again taking the path SAT 211 b "Michele Mattasoglio".

L1 - The starting point is below a shallow corner. Climb it, then slantig right reach a dihedral-crack system. Follow it to reach the belay, 5c, then 4c, 45 m. (4 bolts)

L2 - From the belay traverse to the left around an edge, then climb directly the upper compact slabs. At the end start to climb sharply to the right with some delicate steps to reach the belay, 6a+, 40 m (6 bolts).

Akku second pitch ending traverse, Cima Piccolina
Akku second pitch ending traverse

Little cairn on Cima Piccolina tiny summit
Cima Piccolina tiny summit

L3 - Directly above the stance for a few meters, then traverse left and keep the slabs, climb it and belay at the base of easier rocks, 6a, 45 m (6 bolts).

L4 - Easier rocks lead directly to the next belay, 3c, 25 m.

L5 - Continue reaching the final wall, that is climbed along a short edge and the ending slab to the last belay, 4b, 25 m

From the fifth belay head - which marks the end of the route Akku - head to right and scramble up on easy rock for about 100 meters to reach the fine tiny summit of Cima Piccolina.

Cima Piccolina final summit scramble
Final summit scramble


Descent - from the summit return downclimbing to the last belay. From here five abseil to the bottom of the wall

More info: Akku

Essential gear

Rope 2 x 60m, helmet, a set of friends

Other routes on Cima Piccolina

"Via Maffei"
"Via Sacchi"
"Mille splendidi soli"
“Vive le rock”
“ME con TEK e TEK con MEK”
“Per far contento Remo”

Red Tape

Alpenrose along Cima Piccolina approach
Alpenrose in Val d'Amola
Logo of Parco Naturale Adamello - Brenta

There are no particular restriction in climbing and hiking. Cima Piccolina is located within Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, the largest protected area in Trentino, established in the year 1967. It's located in Western Trentino and with its 620.51 square kilometers includes the mountain groups of Adamello, Presanella and Brenta Dolomites, separated by Val Rendena.

When to Climb

Best period to climb goes from middle June to middle September

Where to stay

Several possibilities of accomodation in Val Rendena.


Rifugio Nambrone
Rifugio Segantini




Guidebooks and maps

Cima Piccolina map

"Presanella" - Guida dei Monti d'Italia CAI-TCI - Dante Ongari, 1978

"110 Itinerari Alpinistici del Gruppo della Presanella" - Urbano Dell'Eva, Edizioni Manfrini 1985


"Adamello - Presanella" - Tabacco scala 1:25000


Val d\'Amola approach towards Cima PiccolinaCima PiccolinaAlpenrose along Cima Piccolina approachVal d\'Amola sceneryVia Akku first pitch, Cima PiccolinaAkku second pitch ending traverse, Cima PiccolinaCima Piccolina seen from the approach slope
Landing...Cima Piccolina final summit scrambleThrilling alpine setting at Cima PiccolinaGranite peaks scenery at the head of Val d\'AmolaCima Piccolina, getting the base of East wall slabsCima Piccolina, getting the East wallApproaching Cima Piccolina
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